Is anybody surprised that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has cleared the Metropolitan Police of any inappropriate behaviour at the Clapham Common vigil for Sarah Everard?
The review said the force “was justified in adopting the view that the risks of transmitting COVID-19 at the vigil were too great to ignore”.
So that made it reasonable to kettle these people – crowd them into an ever-smaller space, making those risks much greater, did it?
That made it reasonable to arrest these people, did it? Were they crammed like sardines in police vans? Were they crammed like sardines into cells?
Forcing people into close contact with each other seems an extremely odd way to combat a disease that is spread by close contact – especially people who had been very recently injured.
The review said “officers remained calm and professional when subjected to abuse” and “did not act inappropriately or in a heavy handed manner”.
So this wasn’t heavy-handed?
How about this?
Clashes broke out between police and crowds gathering on Clapham Common.
The Metropolitan Police is facing criticism for its handling of the vigil in memory of Sarah Everard.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 14, 2021
— I.E.N. (@BreakingIEN) March 13, 2021
Like many others, I notice that there was no problem with the Duchess of Cambridge attending the event that Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick branded illegal.
Why wasn’t Kate Middleton attacked with a baton and bundled into a White Maria?
Ah, but she attended during daylight. The police didn’t move in and start hurting people until after dark. Now, why was that, do you think?
The report by Sky News makes it clear that the atmosphere did not turn hostile until the police started kettling people. Oh, the cops were telling people to leave, were they? How could they do that when the uniforms were cutting off their ability to go?
The bandstand was soon almost surrounded by officers and the atmosphere started to become more hostile. It was at this point that a number of women appeared to be shoved and people starting shouting at the police.
It seems clear to me that HM Inspectorate of Constabulary came to the conclusion it usually reaches – that the police can do no wrong.
How many attendees at the event were consulted during this review?
None, I’m betting.
No wonder the result was one-sided.
Let’s have a proper, public inquiry – then we’ll hear some uncomfortable facts (but of course, that will never happen).
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